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[Perspectives] Casting the body

It was sheer coincidence that I visited my own general practitioner (GP) on the same day I went to see the Health and the Body exhibition at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in London, UK. The timing turned out to be apposite. We are used to exposing our bodies—and sometimes our minds—in the privacy of a GP’s surgery. But here, in the entrance hall of the RCGP’s headquarters, newly opened to the public, striking artworks force visitors to confront medical taboos and bodily differences that are more often hidden from public view.